Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sweet & Spicy Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

I'm forever in search of a really easy crock-pot recipe that doesn't skimp on flavor.  I feel like there are so many recipes that require extensive steps (browning the meat, charring the peppers) before you slow cook the full dish.  While those are usually delicious, sometimes I just want to go with the age-old 'set it and forget it' method.

This spicy orange chicken is one of those recipes.  Literally just toss everything together, and you only need one bowl (I used the same bowl to toss the chicken with the flour, then mixed the sauce in it).  The results are a super orange-y, sweet and savory chicken with a surprising kick.

There's nothing better than coming home to a delicious, fully cooked dinner that has filled your house with a heavenly aroma.  I served mine with some Trader Joe's frozen brown rice (it's all I eat - who has time to make rice these days?), and topped it with a few green onions and sesame seeds, since I had them on hand. 

*6-7 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
*2 naval oranges
*1 tbsp. flour
*2/3 c. sweet chili sauce
* 1 tsp. ginger paste (with the fresh herbs at the store)
* 2 tbsp. soy sauce
*1/2 tsp. garlic powder
*1/2 tsp. onion powder
*green onions, sesames seeds, for garnish
*brown rice, for serving

Zest both of the oranges, then thinly slice them.  Layer half to the sliced oranges in the bottom of the slow cooker.  Toss the chicken with flour and orange zest, then place in the slow cooker.  Stir together chili sauce, ginger paste, soy sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder.  Pour the sauce mixture over the chicken, then top with the rest of the sliced oranges. Cook on low 8 hours, then use a spoon to remove the orange slices and gently break up the chicken.  Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds and serve over rice.  Enjoy! 

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